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Dr. Eric G. Ekdale

Lecturer & Research Associate

      Department of Biology

      San Diego State University


Curatorial Assistant

      Departments of Paleontology and        


      San Diego Natural History Museum


Research Associate

      Department of Paleontology

      San Diego Natural History Museum

About Me:

I am a comparative anatomist with interests in the evolution and phylogenetic history of mammals. My present research centers on the morphological foundations of the senses of hearing and balance throughout placental mammal clades, and in particular baleen whales.


After receiving my undergraduate degree in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, I studied evolutionary biology at San Diego State University for my Masters degree and paleobiology at The University of Texas at Austin for my Ph.D. My dissertation was a broad scale study investigating both interspecific and intraspecific variation within the middle and inner ear regions  of extinct proboscideans (mammoths and mastodons) from central Texas, a growth series of the gray short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica), extinct mammals from the Cretaceous of Asia, and a high-level anatomical comparison of the inner ear cavities across Placentalia as a whole.  


I continued evolutionary research on the anatomy and systematics of extinct and extant whales as a post-doc at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In addition, I have engaged in various scholarly and academic activities at the Natural History Museum, San Diego State University, and several other schools in the San Diego area.


Ph.D. – Geosciences, emphasis in Vertebrate 

Paleobiology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 2009.

M.S. – Biology, emphasis in Systematic,

Evolutionary and Organismal Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. 2002.

B.A. – Biology and Scandinavian Studies

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. 1999.

Dissection of the ear region of a gray whale neonate (Eschrichtius robustus) at San Diego State University.


Department of Biology

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182



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May 24, 2021 – New Publication! Ekdale, E. G. and T. A. Deméré. 2021. Neurovascular evidence for a co-occurrence of teeth and baleen in an Oligocene mysticete and the transition to filter feeding in baleen whales. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

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